Welcome to Year 2!
Class Teacher: Mrs Woolman
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Smith
Volunteer: Brendon Wright
A very warm welcome to Class 2's webpage!
This page is designed to inform you of the Year 2 curriculum and ways you can support your child.
Please check ClassDojo for regular updates and photos about what your child is learning in class.
We are going to have a wonderful year! :)
Our topic for this half term is:
We will be learning about traditional tales that have got a bit mixed up! Traditional tales feature lots of animals so in science, we will find out more about animals and their habitats. In geography, we will explore different environments such as the arctic, rainforest and desert. This may give us some ideas for our own story setting!
This year as a school, we will be focussing on enhancing our children's vocabulary. We want all of our children to learn as many words as they can to improve their comprehension and writing. We will have a 'word of the day' and children will be bringing home vocabulary to practise on our knowledge organisers (see below).
The purpose of this knowledge organiser is to give you and your child an overview of what they will be learning in their topic at school. Our current topic has a science focus so the first knowledge organiser is science based. We will be introducing these in class and referring to them as we meet new vocabulary. You could use it as a revision guide, as a prompt for extra learning at home or simply stick it on the fridge and ask your child which words they have learnt so far and what they mean! We hope they will be useful for you and your child. If you have any questions about them, please don't hesitate to come and speak to me.
St. Peter's Mission Statement
Talk for Writing
At St. Peter's we use Talk for Writing. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
Schools underpin their English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon.
In our classroom, you will see lots of our learning on the 'washing line' and working walls.
You will find out what books and topics your child will be focussing on in the Year 2 long term plan (link below). This may change throughout the year as the children's interests change and develop!
Phonics and Guided Reading
We follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. scheme for phonics and guided reading. For half an hour per day, we will have a speed sounds lesson where the children will learn a new sound and revise previously taught sounds. They will also practise spelling this within words. We then focus on a book, where we aim to build our fluency. When we are confident reading this text, we are encouraged to answer comprehension questions.
In Year 2 we will be using plans and ideas from Maths No Problem. This is a maths mastery approach from Singapore that we are adapting to suit the needs of our children. The children will have the opportunity to work in mixed ability pairs and groups to explore concepts and solve problems. They will use concrete apparatus to explore new learning, moving into visual representations and then the abstract (symbolic) stage.
The children will have lots of fun meeting the characters from the textbooks and exploring the learning for themselves!
In Year 2 we focus on the following topics:
Animals including humans
Living things and their habitats
Uses of everyday materials
Scientists and inventors
We will also focus on working scientifically and we will regularly undertake mini experiments and investigations in class. These will be found in our science floor book.
Star of the Week!
If you would like to speak to me, you can catch me on the playground or send me a message on ClassDojo. You can also send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org